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Jack Harter Helicopters - Tours
Ranked #4 of 33 Tours in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Jack Harter is the Originator of Helicopter Tours on Kauai. Coming to Kauai in 1962, Jack began offering helicopter tours and charter flights with a focus on safety and quality. Jack's dedication to these important qualities is carried on by the company's hand-picked pilots and ground crew staff that are dedicated to continuing Jack's founding principles. The company offers scenic tours in two types of helicopters: Jack Harter Helicopters' luxurious 6-passenger Eurocopter AStar helicopter features huge floor-to-ceiling windows, BOSE noise-cancelling headsets, air-conditioning, and a cabin layout that has no physical obstructions to viewing the scenery outside. For the more adventurous, their 4-passenger Hughes 500s are flown with the doors removed. There is no luxury in the Hughes 500, but the doors-off flight is very cool! (Double meaning intended!) We ask you to be aware that there are WEIGHT LIMITATIONS for all helicopter tours. The 2 front passenger seats in BOTH helicopter types have more restrictive weight limits, so the SMALLEST PASSENGERS ON ANY GIVEN TOUR ARE USUALLY SEATED IN THE FRONT SEATS. Please look at the company's website to view the aircraft seating diagrams. The company's 60 and 90-minute tours feature Kauai's beautiful Na Pali Coast, the spectacular Waimea Canyon, numerous waterfall-filled valleys including the Hanalei Valley, and Mt. Waialeale, one of the wettest places on earth.
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“do not miss this ride”
Reviewed 19 March 2011

Terrific helicopter ride in Kauii which covers all the highlights. Do the ride without doors for a better view and pictures. Pilot excellent, scenery spectacular.

Visited March 2011
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“Doors Off = Most AMAZING experience while on HONEYMOON”
Reviewed 18 March 2011

My wife and I stayed at the St. Regis in Kauai for eight days for our honeymoon. We really did not book any activities in advance. However, we did discuss our desire to take a helicopter tour of the island (particularly doors off). I did a little research ahead of time and found out that Jack Harter does a doors off tour. Turned out to be the most amazing experience for both of us on our honeymoon, and one of the most exhilerating experiences in my life.

After we got settled at the resort, my wife and I had the St. Regis contact Jack Harter's outfit and schedule a doors off tour towards the end of our stay. We drove back to the airport from Princeville (about 45 minutes) and pulled up at the office. After the paperwork and safety briefing , we hoped in a van and headed out to the helicopter pad at the airport. We rode with another couple from the south. They sat in the front next to our pilot, and my wife and I sat in the back.

I honestly cannot begin to describe how amazing Kauai is from the air. After take off, the pilot takes you on a comprehensive tour of the island in about one hour. He speaks into your headset about different points of interest along the way. All those pictures of Kauai that you see on the web or on postcards DO NOT DO THE ISLAND JUSTICE. Make sure you see the island from the air. It is BREATHTAKING. We decided against a boat tour of the coast after we were able to get up close to the cliffs and the water from our seat.

Doors off is the only way to go in my opinion. We were safe and secure in the helicopter with a very experienced pilot. We were able to smell the air and feel the moisture from the rainfalls as we hovered next to them. If you are serious about taking a helicopter tour, GO DOORS OFF WITH JACK HARTER. PERIOD.

Visited March 2011
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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“Jack Harter - DOORS OFF helicopter tour - can't miss”
Reviewed 15 March 2011

The reviews say it all.

Excellent tour. Great staff and pilot. Very Safe ! Well run tour from start to finish.

We did this tour on Feb. 25th and LOVED IT. Our pilot was a local guy who's flown in Hawaii, and then in Alaska for glacier tours, and now back in Hawaii.

Loved the views and the narration of the island and the history - what a beautiful place!

Now, if only they could get a tour where I could whack a couple of those goats - that could help on the destruction of the vegation =)

Visited February 2011
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“Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed 12 March 2011

We splurged on the doors off helicopter ride with Jack Harter on our family vacation last August. It was definitely the highlight of our holiday and well worth the money. My teenage daughter still talks about it and the pictures we took were outstanding. The staff and pilot were professional in all aspects and definitely ensured that safety was our number one priority. Thank you for a terrific experience.

Visited August 2010
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Professional, safe, and scenic ride”
Reviewed 12 March 2011

We went on one of the 60/65 min helicopter rides in the 6 passenger helicopter. The staff were very helpful and courteous from when we booked the trip, got our safety briefing, and on the actual ride. Their pilots are knowledgeable and very well adverse in touring the island. Would highly recommend Jack Harter.

Visited February 2011
Thank nicoledavey25
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